2020 CURRICULUM HANDBOOK - YEARS 7-9 - Auburn High School

 
2020 CURRICULUM HANDBOOK - YEARS 7-9 - Auburn High School
YEAR 9
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                                   Clubs
Assessment                         n Book Club

XX                                 n Debate Club

                                   Excursions
                                   n ACMI

              2020                 Competitions

              CURRICULUM
                                   n Debating

                                   n Creative writing

              HANDBOOK             n Reading Challenge

             YEARS 7-9
             We are committed to challenging all students in their
             learning, promoting enthusiasm for learning, connectedness
             to the world and a passion for personal excellence.
2020 CURRICULUM HANDBOOK - YEARS 7-9 - Auburn High School
CONTENTS
Welcome from our Principal             3
Extra Curricular Program               4

GENERAL CORE CURRICULUM
English                                6
Mathematics                            8
Science                               10
Humanities                            12

SEAL CORE CURRICULUM
SEAL English                          14
SEAL Mathematics                      16
SEAL Science                          18
SEAL Humanities                       20

FRENCH BINATIONAL CURRICULUM
French – 5ème Français                22
French Binational English             24
French Binational Mathematics         26
French Binational Science             28
French Binational Humanities          30
French Binational Language: Spanish   31

SHARED CURRICULUM
Education 4 Life (E4L)                32
Health and Physical Education         34
Language: French                      36
Design Technology Elective            39
Food Technology                       40
Performing Arts & Media               42
Visual Art                            44
Digital Technologies                  46
2020 CURRICULUM HANDBOOK - YEARS 7-9 - Auburn High School
Welcome from our Principal
Our school was created in 2014 with a vision of             Our teaching and learning culture is focused on challenging
becoming a high performing government school                and growing all students and our teachers are exemplary,
                                                            passionate educators. There is an emphasis on teacher
of first choice in the area. We are proudly achieving
                                                            professional learning and we work closely with universities
this vision, with outstanding student learning              to ensure our teachers are using highly effective, research-
growth data testament to the effectiveness of the           based practices. Teachers use data to inform planning
research-based teaching and learning practices              and teaching for each student, resulting in a highly
we employ at our school. Through high quality               personalised program that ensures each and every student
practices, we aim to create global citizens who             is challenged in their learning regardless of their entry level.
                                                            There is an emphasis on language learning at our school
are successful in their lives and careers and to
                                                            and our differentiated specialist French language programs
equip them with the skills and attributes to form           have received national and international recognition.
positive relationships.
                                                            As well as our rigorous mainstream program, we also offer
                                                            an accredited Select Entry Accelerated Learning (SEAL)
                                                            program and are one of a limited number of Academy of
                                                            Accredited SEAL (TAASS) schools in the state. We are

   “
                                                            also an accredited International Student Provider and offer
                                                            our International students a highly supportive environment
                                                            and exemplary academic program.
                                                            I extend an invitation to families to come and visit on one
We are committed to                                         of our scheduled school tours and observe first-hand the
                                                            innovative and exciting programs that are happening in
fostering a culture of high                                 our school.
academic expectations and
high expectations of student                                Maria Karvouni
                                                            PRINCIPAL
learning, where every
student is challenged and
engaged in their learning.

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EXTRA-CURRICULAR PROGRAM

Auburn High School students are encouraged to contribute to the culture and community of our school
through participation in our extensive extra-curricular programs. One of our school values is Diversity
and our extra-curricular program recognises and celebrates the wide range of interests and strengths
of our students. There is a wide variety of lunch time and after school clubs, activities and programs
available at different times throughout the year and participation counts towards earning Extra-curricular
Badges and House Colours.

			                      Extra-curricular clubs and activities include:

                          • Futsal Clinics           • Rock Band                • P
                                                                                   ublic Speaking
                          • Futsal Cup               • Guitar Ensemble            Competition

                          • Written Word            • Sports team training     • Crystal Growing Club
   STEM                    ARTS
                             Book Club               • Meditation               • Knitting Circle
                          • History Club             • Yoga                     • Anime/ Manga Club
                          • Chess Club               • Fitness Club             • Language Club
                          • Robotics Club            • Boxercise                • School Production
                          • Coding Club              • Titration Club           • French Film Club
                          • Choir                    • Debating Club            …and many more.
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                       COMMUNICATION
    ARTS

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COMMUNICATION

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CURRICULUM

Your pathway through years 7 to 9 depends upon your choice of program. All pathways lead to the
same breadth of choice and opportunity at year 10 and beyond.
All students have access to a highly personalised learning pathway at year 10 including participation
in the Accelerated VCE Program or general year 10 program.

Program structure
Accelerated VCE Program – AVP
Acceleration is offered based on student achievement and data. In 2019, >70% of Year 10 students
are taking at least one VCE subject.

   YEAR 7         YEAR 8          YEAR 9                Year 9 data
                                                      used for senior
                                                                          YEAR 10           YEAR 11            YEAR 12
                                                     program selection

                                                      ACHIEVEMENT          YEAR 10            VCE                 VCE
           MAINSTREAM PROGRAM                                             VICTORIAN        UNITS 1 & 2         UNITS 3 & 4
                                                      • NAPLAN
       YEAR 7-9 VICTORIAN CURRICULUM                                     CURRICULUM        SUBJECTS            SUBJECTS
                                                         Results
                                                      • On Demand
                                                         Results
                                                      • Teacher
                                                                                   VCE Accelerated Program
                                                         Judgement
                SEAL PROGRAM                                                              VCE                 FIRST YEAR
       YEAR 7-10 VICTORIAN CURRICULUM                                    YEAR 10       UNITS 1 & 2            UNIVERSITY
                                                      BEHAVIOURS
                                                                                       SUBJECTS               SUBJECTS
                                                      • Attendance
                                                      • Teamwork
                                                      • Work
                                        TRANSITION
                                         PROGRAM

                                                         completion                                     VCE
    FRENCH BINATIONAL PROGRAM                                                                  UNITS 3 & 4 SUBJECTS
                                                      • Organisation
    YEAR 7-9 FRENCH CURRICULUM
                                                      • Motivation
                                                      • Effort
                                                                                                  INTERNATIONAL
                                                                                                 BACCALAUREATE

                   7-9 students undertake their core subjects as a home group and
                     are in mixed groups in languages, electives and Health PE.
                 This, combined with student leadership initiatives, House programs
                   and camps, encourages good social relationships with the rest
                         of the cohort as well as students in other year levels.

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GENERAL CORE CURRICULUM

ENGLISH      MATHS       SCIENCE    HUMANITIES

English
YEAR 7                                                          YEAR 8
Students read and create a range of texts with a focus          Students read and create a range of texts based on the
on developing their understanding of narrative structure.       study of ‘Our Community’. A variety of fiction, non-fiction
This is used as a starting point for an examination of          and media texts are studied to develop comparative writing
‘The Hero’s Journey’ as students compare a range of             and descriptive writing skills in exploring how old texts help
classical and contemporary stories that explore what            to shape new texts. Students will learn how to analyse
it means to be a hero. Texts studied include:                   texts more effectively through their study of The Curious
The Midnight Zoo, Whale Rider & Trash.                          Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Crow Country.

Assessment                                                      Assessment
n Text response essays                                          n Text essays
n Oral presentations                                            n Comparative essays
n Short stories                                                 n Short-stories
                                                                n Persuasive Writing
                                                                n Poetry
                                                                n Oral presentations

  We have a strong focus
  on promoting team-
  work and resilience,
  and creating good
  global citizens.

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                                                                                   PHILANTHROPY                 ARTS

                                                                                 SPORT
                                                                                  COMMUNICATION             PHILANTHROPY

YEAR 9
Students learn to compare and evaluate texts through              Clubs
                                                                                                           COMMUNICATION
their study of the film, The Hunger Games and novel
                                                                  n Debate Club                              Years 7 & 8
Tomorrow When the War Began. The students explore
memoirs focusing on the migrant experience in Australia.          n Book Club                                         ALL
Students have the opportunity to study a selection of texts
including The Running Man with a focus on exploring
characterisation, themes, and the elements of essay and
creative writing.                                                 Excursions
Year 9: Protest Music (Term 1)                                    n Australian Centre for the               Years 7 & 8
                                                                    Moving image
Protest Music explores the power of music and lyrics
from a range of historic songs associated with civil
and human rights movements to contemporary music
including hip-hop and rap.                                        Competitions
Year 9: Journalism (Term 3)                                       n Debating                                 Years 7 & 8
Journalism focuses on how to write in a news-based                n Creative writing                                  ALL
style – via opinion, news and editorial pieces. Students
will also complete a study in identifying fake news and           n Reading Challenges                                ALL
creating their own fake news how to understand how
our views can be manipulated in a digital world.

Year 9: Australian Films (Term 2)
Australian film examines the history of film making in
Australia by viewing a range of films and clips from
different eras with an emphasis on characterisation,
national identity and landscape.

Year 9: Writers’ Workshop (Term 4)
Writers’ Workshop focuses on the elements of writing
required for a range of different styles with the aim
of producing a collection of personal, analytical and
creative responses.

Assessment
n Memoirs
n Text essays
n Oral presentations
n Comparative essays

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ENGLISH      MATHS        SCIENCE    HUMANITIES

Mathematics
YEAR 7                                                             YEAR 8
Year 7 Mathematics challenges students’ mathematical               Year 8 Mathematics challenges students’ mathematical
reasoning and problem solving skills in areas of Number            reasoning and problem solving skills, utilising technology,
and Algebra, Geometry, Statistics and Probability. At the          communication, reasoning and reflection strategies.
completion of the year, they will have explored the abstract       By the completion of the year, they will have explored
field of Algebra often for the first time. Students will be        Pythagoras’ Theorem and applied it to solve real world
introduced to building expressions using unknowns                  problems. Students will investigate experimental probability
and solving them. Students work through ideas of                   by testing and re-designing a game of chance and
proportional reasoning through applications to fractions,          take their first steps in their long journey of exploring
decimals and percentages.                                          graphing equations.

Assessment                                                         Assessment
In Year 7 Math teachers use skills-based tests aligned             In Year 8 Math teachers use skills-based tests aligned
to the curriculum                                                  to the curriculum.

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STEM

YEAR 9
In Year 9, students continue to develop their pattern             Clubs
and algebraic skills, refine their factorising skills and                                                    SPORT               P
                                                                  n Maths Club                                  ALL
are introduced to quadratics. Financial skills are put into
practice through real life situations and the Index Laws          n Chess Club                                       ALL
are explored further and applied in scientific notation.
Students will also get their first taste of trigonometry.         n Homework Club                                    ALL

Assessment                                                        n Robotics Club                                    ALL
In Year 9 Math teachers use skills-based tests aligned                                                                           CO
to the curriculum. Students also tackle an open ended
problem solving task with designing an efficient packing          Competitions
system of tennis balls.
                                                                  n Australian Maths Competition                     ALL

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ENGLISH       MATHS       SCIENCE    HUMANITIES

Science
YEAR 7                                                                YEAR 8
In this subject students are introduced to the principles             In this subject, students continue the development of their
of Science inquiry. They learn that Science is about finding          skills in science inquiry. They study cells and systems in
the answers to questions by testing them scientifically.              Biology, energy transmission and the wave and particle
They begin studies of mixtures and separating techniques              model for light in Physics, states of matter and elements
in Chemistry, the classification of life in Biology, phenomena        and compounds and chemical change in Chemistry and
on Earth and renewability of resources in Earth Science,              the classification and cycling of rocks and water through
and forces and simple machines in Physics.                            our environment in Earth and Space Science.

Assessment                                                            Assessment
Assessment of student learning occurs each term                       Assessment of student learning occurs each term
though a:                                                             though a:
n Pre-test & Post-test                                                n Pre-test & Post-test

n Science Practical Report                                            n Science Practical Report

Weekly homework                                                       Weekly homework

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STEM

YEAR 9
In this subject, students consolidate the development of              Clubs
their skills in Science inquiry. In Year 9 they explore atoms,
                                                                      n Coding club
                                                                                                                 SPORT
                                                                                                                    ALL
                                                                                                                                     P
elements and chemical reactions in Chemistry, electrical
energy and the connection between electrical energy                   n Titration Club                                   ALL
and magnetisms in physics and plate tectonics in Earth
Sciences. In Biology they investigate the connections                 n Paper planes club                                ALL
within and between living things in response systems
in the body and ecosystems.

Assessment                                                            Excursions                                                     CO

Assessment of student learning occurs each term                       n Moonbase, Scienceworks                        Year 7
though a:
                                                                      n Space Centre Mission to Mars                  Year 8
n Pre-test & Post-test

n Science Practical Report

Weekly homework                                                       Competitions
                                                                      n AHS Journal of science                  Years 7 & 8

                                                                      n Big Science Competition                          ALL

                                                                      n Education Perfect Science Championships         ALL

                                                                      n RACI Crystal Growing                            ALL

                                                                      n ConocoPhillips Science Experience             Year 9

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ENGLISH        MATHS     SCIENCE    HUMANITIES

Humanities
YEAR 7                                                           YEAR 8
Students are introduced to the concepts of social                Student examine our government and structures which
cohesion and identity in society in Civics & Citizenship.        support our democracy in Australia, in particular, they
They examine the economics of buying and selling in              examine how we can make informed voting decisions in our
‘Shopping Spree’, an introductory unit in Economics              current political climate as part of their Civics and Citizenship
& Business. Students analyse primary and secondary               unit. They question how the objectives of business differ
sources to learn about the earliest human communities            in Economics and Business Studies through examination
until the end of the Ancient era in History, with a focus        of social enterprise Thankyou. Students use primary and
on pre-settlement Aboriginal Australia. They collect and         secondary sources to compare the characteristics of
analyse data to learn about water conservation and               Medieval warfare in Japan and Europe, and examine the
liveability in Geography.                                        causes and effects of exploration involving the Spanish
                                                                 conquest of Mexico in the early 1500s. Students develop
Assessment                                                       topographic mapping skills to understand and explain
n Source analysis                                                the causes and consequences of landscapes through
n Research task                                                  an examination of Hanging Rock and surrounds.

n Oral presentations                                             Assessment
n Field work                                                     n Social Media/Protest Letter

                                                                 n Group presentation

                                                                 n Field report

                                                                 n Source analysis

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                                                                                       PHILANTHROPY                ARTS

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YEAR 9
Students examine the ways in which individuals do and                Clubs
                                                                                                              COMMUNICATION
do not access justice in our legal system in Civics &
                                                                     n History Club                                      ALL
Citizenship, followed by an examination of the impact of
Australia’s export trade on corporate social responsibility
with a focus on the mining industry in Economics &
Business. Students explore the significant events of                 Excursions
Australian colonial history and its effects on the Indigenous
population in History. They analyse the causes and                   n Geography Field Trip                           Year 7
consequences of WWI and develop a persuasive essay
                                                                     n Indigenous speaker                            Year 7
concerning its contribution to the Australian identity.
In Geography, students learn about food security and                 n Economics & Business incursion          Years 7 & 8
develop their own proposal to solve world hunger.
                                                                     n Thankyou incursion                            Year 8
Assessment
                                                                     n Field trip to Hanging Rock                    Year 8
n Source analysis
                                                                       and Organ Pipes National Park
n Research report
                                                                     n Magistrates Court (City Project)              Year 9
n Persuasive essay

n Opinion piece                                                      n Spirit of ANZAC incursion                    Year 9
n Proposal                                                           n Indigenous Australia walk                    Year 9
n Mapping tasks

n Debate
                                                                     Competitions
                                                                     n Historical Fiction Challenge            Years 7 & 8

                                                                     n Australian Geography Competition         Years 7 & 9

                                                                     n National History Challenge               Years 8 & 9

                                                                     n The Simpson Prize                              Year 9

                                                                     n The Australian Share Market Game               Year 9

                                                                     n Spirit of Anzac Prize                          Year 9

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SEAL CORE CURRICULUM

ENGLISH      MATHS       SCIENCE   HUMANITIES

SEAL English
YEAR 1 (UNDERTAKEN IN YEAR7)                                    YEAR 2 (UNDERTAKEN IN YEAR 8)
Students will study Identity and The Power of Persuasion        Students read and create a range of classic and
during their first term in SEAL English. In their second        contemporary texts with a focus on different text types and
term they will investigate the universal and enduring           how they influence on another. Students are introduced
understanding of the ‘The Hero’s Journey’ in literature         to graphic novels and the relationship between film and
through their analysis of The Odyssey and Percy Jackson.        literature through The Invention of Hugo Cabret, while
In Term 3 they will study the language of storytelling          undertaking a comparative study of Hidden Figures and
and narrative prose in their study of Things a Map Won’t        All American Boys. A range of fiction, non- fiction and
Show You. By Term 4, students finish the year with an           media texts are studied to develop both creative and
exploration of Shakespearean language in Much Ado               language analysis writing skills.
About Nothing.
                                                                Assessment
Assessment                                                      n Text response essays
n Text response essays                                          n Comparative essays
n Comparative essays                                            n Short stories
n Short stories                                                 n Poetry
n Persuasive writing                                            n Persuasive writing
n Oral presentations                                            n Oral presentations
n Creative

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YEAR 3 (UNDERTAKEN IN YEAR 9)
Students will begin the year studying Jasper Jones and            Clubs
                                                                                                           COMMUNICATION
a range of Indigenous Poets. They will study closely the
                                                                  n Debate Club                                       ALL
context themes of racism and inclusion. They will explore
and debate a wide range of media issues and how                   n Book Club                                         ALL
opinion is presented. Students will then closely study the
Shakespearean play, Romeo and Juliet alongside the film
Moonrise Kingdom.
In semester two, students complete an English Language
                                                                  Excursions
elective. This elective explores the uniqueness of human          n Melbourne Writers’ Festival                       ALL
communication and linguistics in conjunction with Animal
Farm. This elective also allows students to choose English
Language as a VCE subject (Unit 1 and 2) in Year 10.
                                                                  Competitions
Assessment
                                                                  n Creative writing                                  ALL
n Tests
                                                                  n Reading Challenges                                ALL
n Text essays
n Comparative essays                                              n Debating                                 Years 8 & 9
n Short stories
n Poetry
n Persuasive writing
n Oral presentations

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ENGLISH      MATHS       SCIENCE    HUMANITIES

SEAL Mathematics
YEAR 1 (UNDERTAKEN IN YEAR 7)                                       YEAR 2 (UNDERTAKEN IN YEAR 8)
Year 7 SEAL Maths challenges students’ mathematical                 Year 8 SEAL Maths continues to develop students’
reasoning and problem solving skills, in areas of number            mathematical thinking and problem solving in areas
patterns, index numbers, negative numbers, measurement,             of mathematics, including graphing linear equations,
geometry, probability, data and algebra. Students begin             right-angle triangle calculations using Pythagoras’
from what they already know, and build new skills through           theorem and trigonometry and applying index laws
direct instruction, self-guided learning and the use of ICT.        in scientific notation. Students begin from what they
                                                                    already know, and build new skills through direct
Assessment                                                          instruction, self-guided learning and the use of ICT.
In Mathematics teachers use a range of assessment
types including formal testing, extended research tasks             Assessment
and investigations, analysis and problem solving projects           In Mathematics, teachers use a range of assessment
in conjunction with informal assessment.                            types including formal testing, extended research tasks
                                                                    and investigations, analysis and problem solving projects
                                                                    in conjunction with informal assessment.

SEAL students undertake
a research study in the area
of science, technology,
mathematics and engineering.

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STEM

YEAR 3 (UNDERTAKEN IN YEAR 9)
Year 9 Seal Mathematics is a differentiated course, as             Clubs
there is a large breadth of Year 10 knowledge that is                                                         SPORT               P
                                                                   n Maths Club                                 Year 7
covered. This course will focus on more complex algebra
skills involving surds and introduce graphing quadratics.          n Maths Tutoring                          Years 8 & 9
Other aspects of the course may include financial maths,
complex trigonometry, statistical analysis and interpreting        n Chess Club                                       ALL
and graphing linear equations. Students will be challenged
                                                                   n Robotics Club                                    ALL
beyond simple fluency skills and be asked to investigate
proofs and provide reasoning for their responses.                                                                                 CO
Assessment
                                                                   Competitions
In Mathematics, teachers use a range of assessment
types, including formal testing, extended research tasks           n Australian Maths Competition                     ALL
and investigations, analysis and problem solving projects
in conjunction with informal assessment.

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ENGLISH       MATHS       SCIENCE    HUMANITIES

SEAL Science
YEAR 1 (UNDERTAKEN IN YEAR 7)                                       YEAR 2 (UNDERTAKEN IN YEAR 8)
In this subject students are introduced to the principles of        In this subject, students continue the development of their
Science inquiry. They learn that Science is about finding           skills in science inquiry. They study cells and systems
the answers to questions by testing them scientifically.            in Biology, energy and its forms in Physics, and the
They begin studies of mixtures and separating techniques            classification and formation of rocks in Earth and Space
in Chemistry, the classification of life in Biology, the            Science. They begin studies in Year 9 where they explore
water cycle and phenomena on Earth and renewability                 atoms, elements and chemical reactions in Chemistry,
of resources in Earth Science, and forces and simple                the wave and particle model for light in Physics, and plate
machines in Physics. They begin studies in Year 8                   tectonics in Earth Sciences.
Chemistry as they explore states of matter, elements,
compounds and mixtures and chemical change.                         Assessment
                                                                    Assessment of student learning occurs each term
Assessment                                                          though a:
Assessment of student learning occurs each term                     n Pre-test & Post-test
though a:
                                                                    n Science Practical Report
n Pre-test & Post-test
                                                                    Weekly homework
n Science Practical Report

Weekly homework

The SEAL program brings
together like-minded, high-
achieving students, giving them a
sense of belonging and extending
them to fulfil their potential.

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STEM

YEAR 3 (UNDERTAKEN IN YEAR 9)
In this subject, students consolidate the development               Clubs
of their skills in Science inquiry. In this Year 10 course,                                                    SPORT               P
                                                                    n Coding club                                 ALL
students study the Big Bang theory and parts of the
universe, the periodic table and rates of chemical reactions        n Titration Club                                   ALL
in Chemistry, heritability and genetics in Biology and
forces energy and motion in Physics. At the completion              n Paper planes club                                ALL
of this course, SEAL students have gained the necessary
knowledge and skills to begin studies in VCE Biology,
Chemistry, Physics and Psychology.                                  Excursions                                                     CO

                                                                    n Moonbase, Scienceworks                        Year 7
Assessment                                                          n Space Centre Mission to Mars                  Year 8
Assessment of student learning occurs each term
though a:
n Pre-test & Post-test
                                                                    Competitions
n Science Practical Report
                                                                    n Big Science Competition                          ALL
Weekly homework
                                                                    n Education Perfect Science Championships         ALL

                                                                    n RACI Crystal Growing                            ALL

                                                                    n ConocoPhillips Science Experience                ALL

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ENGLISH      MATHS       SCIENCE    HUMANITIES

SEAL Humanities
YEAR 1 (UNDERTAKEN IN YEAR 7)                                     YEAR 2 (UNDERTAKEN IN YEAR 8)
In 7SEAL Humanities, students are working towards                 In Year 8 SEAL Humanities, students work towards
Victorian Curriculum skills year 8. Students consider             Victorian Curriculum skills Year 9. They examine factional
the value of identity and cohesion in society in Civics           politics and populism in Civics and Citizenship, and
& Citizenship, and the ethics of business through an              how the objectives of businesses differ in Economics
examination of ‘Cotton On’ in Economics & Business.               and Business through an examination of the McDonalds
Students analyse primary and secondary sources to                 corporation through the film “The Founder”. Students
prepare a comparative essay on Ancient era History                compare and evaluate the characteristics of Medieval
as well as examine evidence regarding Aboriginal Australia        civilisations of Europe and Japan, and examine the
pre-settlement. They plan and run a field study that              causes and effects of exploration involving the Spanish
evaluates the livability of a local suburb in Geography.          conquest of Mexico in the early 1500s. They develop
                                                                  topographic and choropleth mapping skills to explain
Assessment                                                        and evaluate landscapes involving examination of Hanging
n Source analysis                                                 Rock and develop a solution to food security and solving
n Comparative essay                                               world hunger.

n Field report                                                    Assessment
n Oral presentation                                               n Source analysis

                                                                  n Essay writing

                                                                  n Mapping

                                                                  n Field report

                                                                  n Knowledge test

                                                                  n Case analysis

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YEAR 3 (UNDERTAKEN IN YEAR 9)
In Year 9 SEAL Humanities, students work towards the                Clubs
                                                                                                             COMMUNICATION
Victorian Curriculum knowledge and skills at Year 10
                                                                    n History Club                                      ALL
level. Students examine and compare the ways in which
individuals do and do not access justice in our legal system
in Civics and Citizenship, followed by an examination
of the impact of Australia’s export trade on corporate              Excursions
social responsibility with a focus on the mining industry
in Economics and Business. Students explore the ways                n Geography Field Trip                           Year 7
Indigenous Australians fought for and continue to fight
                                                                    n Indigenous speaker                            Year 7
for rights in Australia since settlement in 1788 and how
WW1 influenced the changing roles of Women in society.              n Economics & Business incursion          Years 7 & 8
Students develop an environmental management proposal
and evaluate the indicators of human wellbeing.                     n Field trip to Hanging Rock                    Year 8
                                                                      and Organ Pipes National Park
Assessment
                                                                    n Magistrates Court (City Project)              Year 9
n Document analysis

n Oral presentation                                                 n Spirit of ANZAC incursion                    Year 9
n Comparative essay                                                 n Indigenous Australia walk                    Year 9
n Research report

n End of year exam
                                                                    Competitions
                                                                    n Historical Fiction Challenge            Years 7 & 8

                                                                    n Australian Geography Competition         Years 7 & 9

                                                                    n National History Challenge               Years 8 & 9

                                                                    n The Simpson Prize                              Year 9

                                                                    n The Australian Share Market Game               Year 9

                                                                    n Spirit of Anzac Prize                          Year 9

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FRENCH BI NATIONAL CURRICULUM

FRENCH     ENGLISH      MATHS       SCIENCE    HUMANITIES

French – 5ème Français
YEAR 7                                                              Year 8 French – 4ème Français
Students explore a range of texts from the Middle Ages              Students will read realistic and fantasy novels from the
to the 19th Century. They will study the universal value            19th Century and they will learn to compare the texts
of chivalry in literature and the timeless tricks of popular        and their movie adaptations. Their skills in writing letters
heroes such as Renart and Pathelin. They will be invited            and persuasive essays will be consolidated by the study
to read, write and perform little scenarios and they will           of various letters of famous writers. They will be given
read and analyse Le Malade Imaginaire written by Moliere.           the opportunity to study Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
Students will also explore poetry through reading, writing          and L’Avare by Molière. Students will also write poetry.
and reciting. They will broaden their understanding of              Image analysis will play an important part in our studies
narrative prose through a journey of discovery. Image               (Histoire des Arts).
analysis will punctuate our studies (Histoire des Arts).
                                                                    Assessment
Assessment                                                          n Tests
n Tests
                                                                    n Creative writing
n Creative writing
                                                                    n Persuasive writing
n Sketches
                                                                    n Grammar and spelling
n Grammar and spelling
                                                                    n Oral presentations
n Oral presentations

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Year 9 French – 3ème Français
Students will explore the extraordinary diversity of                    Clubs
the literature of the 20th and 21st Centuries. Short
                                                                        n French Movies                                    ALL
stories, poems, texts and novels about WWI and WWII,
autobiography, dramas and plays will give them a
new insight into our world through the perspective of
contemporary literature. They will continue to practice                 Excursions
their skills in writing creative essays and persuasive texts.
L’Histoire des Arts will be an important part of their learning.        n Theatre / Role Play                           Year 7

Assessment                                                              n Melbourne French Theatre Play           Years 8 & 9
n Tests

n Creative writing
                                                                        Competitions
n Persuasive writing

n Grammar and spelling                                                  n Dis-moi dix mots                                 ALL

n Oral presentations                                                    n Berthe Mouchette Competition                    ALL

                                                                   23             AUBURN HIGH SCHOOL | Curriculum Handbook Years 7-9
FRENCH     ENGLISH      MATHS      SCIENCE    HUMANITIES

French Binational English
YEAR 7                                                             YEAR 8
Students create a range of texts based on the study of             Students create a range of texts based on the study of
‘The Hero’s Journey’. A variety of fiction, non-fiction and        ‘Our Community’. A variety of fiction, non-fiction and
media texts are studied to develop analytical essay writing        media texts are studied to develop comparative writing
and descriptive writing skills. Persuasive devices are             and descriptive writing skills in exploring how old texts
explored in written work and debating. The excursion to            help to shape new texts. Students will learn how to analyse
ACMI will help students understand the film, Whale Rider,          texts more effectively through their study of The Curious
on a deeper level.                                                 Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Crow Country
                                                                   and understand the context, ‘Australian Identity and
Assessment                                                         Landscape’ on a deeper level.
n Tests & Text essays
                                                                   Assessment
n Oral presentations
                                                                   n Tests
n Short stories
                                                                   n Text essays
n Persuasive
                                                                   n Comparative essays

                                                                   n Short-stories

                                                                   n Persuasive writing

                                                                   n Poetry

                                                                   n Oral presentations

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                                                                                   PHILANTHROPY                ARTS

                                                                                 SPORT
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YEAR 9
Students learn to compare and evaluate texts through             Clubs
                                                                                                          COMMUNICATION
their study of the films, The Hunger Games and Tomorrow
                                                                 n Debate Club                              Years 7 & 8
When the War Began. Persuasive devices are explored
in their study of The Power of Advertising. Students have        n Book Club                                         ALL
the opportunity to study a selection of texts focusing on
exploring characterisation, themes, and the elements of
essay and creative writing.
                                                                 Excursions
Assessment
                                                                 n Australian Centre for the                     Year 7
n Text essays
                                                                   Moving image
n Comparative essays
                                                                 n National Gallery of Victoria                  Year 8
n Short stories
                                                                   and Yarra Cruise
n Oral presentations
                                                                 n Melbourne Writers’ Festival                    Year 9
n Advertising analysis

                                                                 Competitions
                                                                 n Debating                                 Years 7 & 8

                                                                 n Creative writing                                  ALL

                                                                 n Reading Challenges                                ALL

                                                            25              AUBURN HIGH SCHOOL | Curriculum Handbook Years 7-9
FRENCH       ENGLISH    MATHS       SCIENCE   HUMANITIES

French Binational Mathematics
YEAR7 MATHS – 5ÈME MATHEMATIQUES                                    YEAR 8 MATHS – 4ÈME MATHÉMATIQUES
In Year 7 Mathematics in the French Bi national program,            In Year 8 Mathematics in the French Bi national program,
students develop their maths fluency, reasoning and                 students continue to develop their Maths fluency,
problem solving skills in areas of Number and Algebra,              reasoning and problem solving skills in areas of Number
Geometry and Statistics and Probability. They start to write        and Algebra, Geometry and Statistics and Probability.
proofs and are challenged to think in a more abstract way.          They write more complex proofs and demonstrate
ICT skills are also developed with the introduction of new          connections between areas of learning. ICT skills are
tools to use for maths enquiries. A skill-based framework           reinforced and used for Maths enquiries. A skill-based
is used to monitor progress and develop students’                   framework is used to monitor progress and develop
ownership of their learning.                                        students’ ownership of their learning.

Assessment                                                          Assessment
n Diagnostic (pre-tests)                                            n Diagnostic (pre-tests)
n Formative                                                         n Formative
n Summative post-tests                                              n Summative post-tests
n Investigation tasks                                               n Investigation tasks
n Investigation reports (“narration de recherché”)                  n Investigation reports (“narration de recherché”)
n Projects                                                          n Projects
n Individual and group work                                         n Individual and group work

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YEAR 9 MATHS – 3ÈME MATHÉMATIQUES
In Year 9 Mathematics in the French Bi national program,        Clubs
students consolidate their maths fluency, reasoning and                                                     SPORT               P
                                                                n Maths in French                              ALL
problem solving skills, in areas of Number and Algebra,
Geometry and Statistics and Probability. ICT skills are         n Tutoring Club                                     ALL
reinforced and used for Maths enquiries. A skill-based
framework is used to monitor progress and develop
students’ ownership of their learning as they prepare
for their final exam “diplôme national du brevet”.              Excursions
Assessment                                                      n Le Kangourou des Mathematiques           Years 7 & 8          CO

n Diagnostic (pre-tests)                                        n Melbourne French Theatre Play            Years 8 & 9
n Formative

n Summative post-tests

n Investigation tasks                                           Competitions
n Investigation reports (“narration de recherché”)              n Le Kangourou des Mathematiques                    ALL
n Projects
                                                                n iCAS (optional for Years 8 & 9)                  ALL
n Individual and group work

                                                           27              AUBURN HIGH SCHOOL | Curriculum Handbook Years 7-9
FRENCH       ENGLISH    MATHS      SCIENCE   HUMANITIES

French Binational Science
YEAR 7 SCIENCE – 5ÈME SVT & PC                                    YEAR 8 SCIENCE – 4ÈME SVT AND PC
In this subject, students are introduced to the principles        In this subject, students continue to develop their Science
of Science inquiry. A strong emphasis is given to                 inquiry skills. A strong emphasis is given to practical
practical activities and students’ ownership of their             activities and students’ ownership of their learning.
learning. The content taught covers the two Science               The content taught covers the two Science subjects
subjects of the French program: SVT (Biology and Earth            of the French program: SVT (Biology and Earth Science)
Science) and Physique-Chimie (Physics and Chemistry).             and Physique-Chimie (Physics and Chemistry). Specific
Specific topics are: Water in our environment / Electrical        topics are: the molecular model to explain properties
Circuits (DC) / Light: Sources and Rectilinear Propagation        of matter and chemical change (combustions) / DC
/ Respiration and Ecosystems / Body Systems and Energy            circuits laws and equations / Light: colours, images and
Needs / External Geology: Evolution of Landscapes.                celerity / Species reproduction and ecosystems / Human
                                                                  reproduction / Hormonal and neural systems / Geology
Assessment                                                        (volcanic and seismic activity and plate tectonics).
n Diagnostic (pre-tests)
                                                                  Assessment
n Formative
                                                                  n Diagnostic (pre-tests)
n Summative post-tests
                                                                  n Formative
n Investigation tasks
                                                                  n Summative post-tests
n Projects
                                                                  n Investigation tasks
n Practical reports
                                                                  n Projects
n Individual and group work
                                                                  n Practical reports

                                                                  n Individual and group work

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YEAR 9 SCIENCE – 3ÈME SVT & PC
In this subject, students consolidate the development              Clubs
of their Science inquiry skills. A strong emphasis is given                                                    SPORT               P
                                                                   n Robotics                                    ALL
to practical activities and students’ ownership of their
learning. The content taught covers the two Science                n Girls Who Code                                    ALL
subjects of the French program: SVT (Biology and Earth
Science) and Physique-Chimie (Physics and Chemistry).
Specific topics are: Atoms and Ions (conduction in metals
and solution, tests for ions) / Chemical Change (chemistry         Excursions
of batteries, introduction to organic chemistry) / AC
                                                                   n Wetlands                                       Year 7         CO
Circuits (production of electricity & energy) / Gravitation
and Energy.                                                        n Melbourne Museum                         Years 7 & 9
Assessment                                                         n Robotic Expedition to Mars                    Year 8
n Diagnostic (pre-tests)                                             Victorian Space Science Education Centre
n Formative                                                        n Field trip to Hanging Rock                    Year 8
n Summative post-tests                                               and Organ Pipes National Park
n Investigation tasks                                              n Jurassic World exhibition                      Year 9
n Projects

n Practical reports

n Individual and group work                                        Competitions
                                                                   n AHS Journal of Science                     Year 7 & 8

                                                                   n Crystal Growing                                Year 7

                                                                   n The Hour of Code                               Year 8

                                                                   n Moonbots Challenge                             Year 8

                                                                   n Big Science Competition                           ALL

                                                                   n Education Perfect Science Championships          ALL

                                                                   n Canstruction Competition                         ALL

                                                                   n Curious Minds (for young women)                  ALL

                                                                   n EWB Innovation Challenge                       Year 9

                                                                   n Re-Engineering Australia Formula 1            Year 9
                                                                     Technology Challenge

                                                              29              AUBURN HIGH SCHOOL | Curriculum Handbook Years 7-9
FRENCH     ENGLISH      MATHS       SCIENCE    HUMANITIES

French Binational Humanities
YEAR 7 HUMANITIES – 5ÈME HISTORIE-                                  YEAR 8 HUMANITIES – 4ÈME HISTORIE-
GEOGRAPHIE, EDUCATION CIVIQUE                                       GÉOGRAPHIE, EDUCATION CIVIQUE
In History, students will explore Europe and its connections        In History, students will study Europe and the world from
to other countries, from the Middle Ages to the reign               the 18th Century to the eve of WWI. They will continue
of Louis XIV. They will be given the opportunity to be              to consolidate their knowledge about diverse historical
familiar with diverse historical sources. In Geography,             sources that they will identify, interpret or confront.
they will study the concept of sustainability through local         In Geography, they will study globalisation in order
and worldwide study cases about education, health and               to be able to understand our world. In Civic Education,
poverty, access to water, etc. In Civic Education, they             they will explore liberty, law and justice.
will reflect on diversity and equality.
                                                                    Assessment
Assessment                                                          n Tests
n Tests
                                                                    n Document analysis
n Document analysis
                                                                    n Maps
n Maps
                                                                    n Oral Presentations
n Oral Presentations

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                                                                                  PHILANTHROPY                ARTS

                                                                                SPORT
                                                                                 COMMUNICATION            PHILANTHROPY

YEAR 9 HUMANITIES – 3ÈME HISTORIE-
GÉOGRAPHIE, EDUCATION CIVIQUE                                    Clubs
                                                                                                         COMMUNICATION
In History, students will study the world since 1914.            n Christmas Market                        Years 7 & 8
They will continue to consolidate their knowledge
about diverse historical sources, images and maps.
In Geography, they will study France and Europe in the
rest of the world. In Civic Education, they will increase        Excursions
their knowledge of democratic citizenship.
                                                                 n Parliament House                              Year 7
Assessment
                                                                 n SBS / News Making                             Year 8
n Tests
                                                                 n Melbourne Museum                              Year 8
n Document analysis

n Maps

n Oral Presentations
                                                                 Competitions
                                                                 n Australian Geography Competition (optional) ALL

French Bi national Language: Spanish
YEAR 8 SPANISH – 4ÈME LV 2
Students will learn an additional language as per the            Excursions
French curriculum requirement. This is done through the
                                                                 n Spanish film and food incursions       Years 8 & 9
support of after-school tutoring, using comprehensive
course work from Distance Education, in addition to the
general curriculum delivered at AHS. In Year 8, students
follow an accelerated pathway.

Assessment
n Completion of Distance Education work-sheets

n Participation in after-school classes, Written test

YEAR 9 SPANISH – 3ÈME LV 2
Students will learn an additional language as per the
French curriculum requirement. This is done through the
support of after-school tutoring, using comprehensive
course work from Distance Education, in addition to the
general curriculum delivered at AHS.

Assessment
n Completion of Distance Education work-sheets

n Participation in after-school classes, Written test

                                                            31             AUBURN HIGH SCHOOL | Curriculum Handbook Years 7-9
SHARED CURRICULUM
Education 4 Life (E4L)
YEAR 7                                                              YEAR 8
Education For Life (E4L) is Auburn High School’s ‘life              E4L in year 8 covers a large variety of important
skills’ subject focussing on social, emotional and cognitive        psychological research findings about wellbeing in young
skills inside the academic and cultural life of the school          people. Students examine intrinsic versus extrinsic
and beyond. Year 7s are introduced to important skills              motivation in achieving tasks and set goals for study using
for entering high school from organising their locker to            SMART. They also focus on developing a growth mindset,
scheduling homework. Students reflect on how they can               increasing resilience, and savouring positive experiences.
build on their character strengths and increase grit and            Friendship disputes, social comparison, academic
develop skills through making juggling balls in teams.              dishonesty and growing academic independence are
Students examine social support systems through                     explored through episodes of “The Wonder Years”.
reflecting on the film “Wonder” and various episodes
of “The Wonder Years”. Year ends with an early look                 Assessment
at careers prospects into the future.                               n Motivation Powerpoint

Assessment                                                          n Reflective essay

n Positivity Powerpoint                                             n Savouring journal

n Reflective essay                                                  n Careers knowledge test

n Reflective questions

n Interesting job presentation

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YEAR 9
In Education for Life (E4L), Year 9 students focus on           Excursions
character strengths, growth mindset, optimism and
                                                                n City Project                                  Year 9
managing emotions. Careers focus increases through
writing workshops examining resumés and cover letters           n Simulated Job Interview program               Year 9
in preparation for the Simulated Job Interview program
arranged in partnership with Rotary. Students consider
life meaning through the film “Groundhog Day” and
respectful relationships through “The Wonder Years”.            Competitions
Assessment                                                      n D
                                                                   ARE Social and Community                       ALL
                                                                  Awareness Award
n “Using my Strengths” Powerpoint

n Cover letter and resume

n Simulated Job Interview

n Optimism test

n Reflective essay

                                                              We teach our students life
                                                              skills and habits that will
                                                              provide a strong foundation
                                                              for their learning and create
                                                              success in their lives both at
                                                              and beyond school.

                                                         33               AUBURN HIGH SCHOOL | Curriculum Handbook Years 7-9
Health and Physical Education
YEAR 7                                                           YEAR 8
In Physical Education, students develop and refine a             In Physical Education, students gain proficiency in complex
range of movement and manipulative skills, e.g. spatial          movement and manipulative skills. Students participate
awareness and hand-eye coordination through modified             in a variety of team and individual games and activities
games, racquet skills, field and indoor sports. In Health        to develop new sport-specific skills. In Health Education,
Education, students study the changes associated                 students develop strategies to minimise harm and to
with adolescence by identifying what changes have                protect their own and others’ health. Students consider
already occurred and what changes (physical, social              health resources, the influences of the law and public
and emotional) they can expect to experience.                    health programs.

Assessment                                                       Assessment
n PE: skills assessment and assessment of team work              n PE: skills assessment and assessment of team work
n Health: workbook, chapter reviews and vocabulary test          n Health: workbook, chapter reviews and vocabulary test

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YEAR 9
In Physical Education, students develop proficiency in                   Clubs
                                                                                                                                         CO
a range of high-level movement and manipulative skills,
                                                                         n Fencing Team                                   Year 7
focusing on cricket, netball, basketball and sofcrosse.
In Health Education, students discuss relationships and                  n Yoga group                               Years 8 & 9
how the different aspects of relationships vary between
people and over time. They explore a range of first aid                  n Fitness group                                     ALL
strategies and scenarios.
                                                                         n Access to ECA at lunch                            ALL
Assessment                                                               n Inter-school training                             ALL
n PE: skills assessment and assessment of team work

n Health: First Aid written test and practical scenario
   assessment. Respectful Relationships written test.
                                                                         Excursions
                                                                         n Inter-school Sport                               ALL

                                                                         Competitions
                                                                         n Swimming Carnival                                 ALL

                                                                         n Athletics Carnival                                ALL

                                                                         n Inter-school Sport                                ALL

ELECTIVES
Year 9: Functional Fitness (Term duration)
Students will participate in 60min fitness classes,
addressing the multiple modes of fitness – Strength, Power,
Endurance, Agility, Speed, Coordination, and Balance &
Stamina. The class will incorporate body weight movements,
gymnastics, weight bearing and aerobic exercises. Students
will gain a better understanding of what it is to be truly ‘fit’.

Year 9: Alternative Sports (Term duration)
Students will participate in a range of sports not usually
seen as “mainstream” For example; Ultimate Frisbee.
Give it a go! Be adventurous!

                                                                    35              AUBURN HIGH SCHOOL | Curriculum Handbook Years 7-9
Language: French
YEAR 7                                                              YEAR 8
Students will learn French through AIM (Accelerative
                                                                    Year 8 intermediate French
Integrated Method), a method based on gestures, music,
dance and drama. Students will practice French online               A new method of teaching French will be introduced
through Language Perfect. They will participate in internal,        to the students, called AIM (Accelerative Integrated
national and international competitions on Language                 Method). It is based on gestures, music, dance, and
Perfect. Students will also work on cultural elements               drama. Students will participate in internal, national and
and collaborate with our sister-school in Paris.                    international competitions on Language Perfect. They will
                                                                    also work on cultural elements, and in collaboration with
Assessment                                                          our sister school in Paris. Some of the Year 8 students
n Role plays                                                        will go to France to visit our sister school.

n Participation in class                                            Year 8 Advanced French
n Written tests                                                     The advanced program prepares students to thrive
n Project                                                           as globally competent students, through an in-depth
                                                                    encounter with French and Francophone culture. Students
n Language Perfect
                                                                    reinforce their language proficiency and communication
                                                                    skills as they study texts, films, and cultures of the
                                                                    French-speaking world. Our goal is for students to be
                                                                    fluent in French and to master the four skills (speaking,
                                                                    listening, reading and writing). The main goal is for
                                                                    students to be prepared to pass the DELF (B2) in Year 9.

                                                                    Assessment
                                                                    n Role plays

                                                                    n Participation in class

                                                                    n Written tests

                                                                    n Project

                                                                    n Language Perfect

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YEAR 9
Students will focus on the four skills of speaking, listening,        Clubs
writing and reading. They will learn more about French
                                                                      n French Movies                                     ALL
culture and francophone countries. They will participate
in internal, national and international competitions using
Language Perfect. Students will also work on cultural
elements, and in collaboration with our sister school in              Excursions
Paris. Some of the Year 9 students will go to France to
visit our sister school.                                              n Bugs in French,                               Year 7
                                                                        Melbourne Museum
Assessment
                                                                      n French Cinema                            Years 8 & 9
n Role plays

n Participation in class                                              n Theatre / role play                      Years 8 & 9
n Written tests

n Project
                                                                      Competitions
n Language Perfect
                                                                      n Language Perfect                                  ALL

                                                                      n Dis-moi dix mots                                  ALL

                                                                      n Berthe                                            ALL

                    –New in 2020 –
     Immersion Bilingual French Accelerated Program
YEAR 7-9 FRENCH ACCELERATED
For more information, continue reading onto page 38 of this document.

                                                                 37              AUBURN HIGH SCHOOL | Curriculum Handbook Years 7-9
–New in 2020 –
 Immersion Bilingual French Accelerated Program

          Immersion Bilingual
     YEAR 7-9 FRENCH ACCELERATED

Victorian Curriculum                 Victorian Curriculum
in English (74%)                     in French (26%)
n English (8),                       n French Accelerated (7)

n Maths (7),                         n +CLIL extension

n Humanities/Science (6)             n Sciences / Humanities (6)

n Education for Life-E4L(2)

n Arts, Technology (8)

n Health & PE (6)

n N
   ew   pathway for strong French speakers
n F
   rench   as a Foreign Language + immersion

                                                                    Certification DELF B1/ B2

                         Comparing

               FAP                              FBN                 n B
                                                                       othwill challenge students
                                                                      and will allow VCE acceleration
n 25 % in French                   n 51% in French
                                                                      in year 10.
n T
   eaching Vic                    n French Curriculum taught
                                                                    n B
                                                                       othwith allow extended
  Curriculum in French
  (bilingual immersion)            n Preparation for French exam     language skills acquisition.
                                     year 9 (Brevet) Fast pace
n E
   xplicitly teaching language,
                                   n Requires high command
  structure and grammar
  required for VCE & IB              Grammar/structure

n F                                n Builds skills to read and
   rench immersion subject
  provides relevance and             analyse complex text as
  extension                          a native speaker

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Design Technology Elective
YEAR 8 (SEMESTER DURATION)
In the Design and Technology classroom, students develop             Clubs
innovative solutions to design problems. They investigate
                                                                     n Workshop                                      Year 7
products and consider the factors of successful design,
including function, aesthetics, ergonomics and the different
characteristics of materials. Students learn to use a variety
of tools and equipment to manipulate resistant materials             Excursions
and to make their products. Students design and
construct functional products before reflecting on their             n Australian Centre for the                     Year 7
work through analysis and evaluation activities.                       Moving image

Assessment
n Investigation and design
                                                                     Competitions
n Production
                                                                     n Maker Space Competition                       Year 7
n Analysis and evaluation

YEAR 9 (TERM DURATION)
Product Design
Combine your creativity with design, technology and
engineering principles and turn your ideas into reality
by designing and making vehicle prototypes. Investigate
vehicle design, CAD drawing programs, engineering
principles, and build prototypes using workshop tools and
machinery. Discover techniques for modelling prototyping
materials, vacuum forming and fabrication, and soldering
and constructing vehicle prototype components. Put your
skills to the ultimate test by measuring the speed, drag,
and acceleration thrust of your prototypes, then modify
your designs to defeat your peers’ models.

                                                                39              AUBURN HIGH SCHOOL | Curriculum Handbook Years 7-9
Food Technology
YEAR 7 (SEMESTER DURATION)
Students learn the foundation of basic methods of cookery.          Clubs
The Year 7 program focuses on practical skill areas, where
                                                                    n Kitchen Garden                     Year 7
students will spend approximately 50% of class time in
practical activities to develop basic food skills, including
growing and harvesting vegetables and herbs. Students
learn about food safety, kitchen and cleaning procedures,           Competitions
knife skills, measuring, and cooking skills.
                                                                    n Science Cake Competition          Year 7

                                                                    n Taste Magazine ‘Cook the Cover’   Year 8
YEAR 8 (SEMESTER DURATION)                                            Monthly Competition.
Students are challenged with Australian, Aboriginal and             n Food Design Challenge             Year 8
multicultural recipes that cover a broad range of methods
of cookery. Throughout this course, students focus on
the five food groups and food safety. This gives students
the required knowledge for food storage and preparation,
within the home and in a commercial kitchen.

Assessment
n Investigating and design work

n Production

n Analysis and evaluation

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YEAR 9 (TERM DURATION)
Gourmet Traveller
This is a new course where students learn about different
cuisines from different countries and will learn a vast
array of cooking techniques. Students experience tasting             Auburn High School have
different flavours and ingredients and discuss the impact
that other food cultures have had on Australian cuisine.
                                                                     a dedicated staff who are
They will identify a country of interest and conduct research        committed to providing
into their food culture. Individually and in teams, students
will develop their culinary skills by learning how to prepare        students with opportunities
meals which directly relate to a design brief. Students will         to experience success
be required to document their design, production and
evaluation activities.                                               beyond the classroom.
Melbourne Food
Melbourne Food is a new course that teaches students
about local ingredients in and around Melbourne.
Students learn how they can use local ingredients in
many dishes and cuisines and discuss and analyse the
sensory properties of the food items. Students experience
tasting flavours they are not familiar with and have the
opportunity to create meals using local produce. Students
will be required to document their design, production and
evaluation activities.

Café Skills
Students will learn about the functioning of a café, they
will prepare a range of Café style foods and beverages.
Students will prepare a range of dishes that develop and
extend their cooking skills. As part of their assessment,
students choose a recipe from a café menu and present
it to the class in a style similar to what they would present
at a café.

                                                                41           AUBURN HIGH SCHOOL | Curriculum Handbook Years 7-9
Performing Arts & Media
YEAR 7 (SEMESTER DURATION)
Students will spend the first term learning fundamental          Clubs
drama skills and play-making techniques. They will
                                                                 n MUSIC: School Band               Year 7
work in ensembles to produce a scene in the style of
a Pantomime. In the second term, students will be                n MUSIC: School Choir              Year 7
introduced to Media, they will learn the codes and
conventions of a sit-com and use cameras to shoot their          n School Production            Years 7 & 8
own ‘cheesy’ opening title sequences with will be edited
                                                                 n Arts Club                        Year 8
on Premier Pro.

Assessment
n Drama Folio                                                    Competitions
n Ensemble Performance
                                                                 n Australian Centre for the   Years 7 & 8
n Media Folio                                                      Moving image ‘Screen It’
n Media Film

Music
Students study song structures and composition
techniques and use this knowledge to record and produce
music on computers. They learn to experiment with
sounds and musical elements, by creating drum beats
and manipulating synthesisers. Students develop skills
on guitar and keyboard and take part in performances
with these instruments. Students also learn to transcribe
pitch and rhythm, using music notation software.

Assessment
n Performance

n Theory Test

n Song Production Project

YEAR 8 (SEMESTER DURATION)
Students will learn the basic conventions of Non-
Naturalistic performance and produce an ensemble
performance that is constructed against a specific set
of criteria (mimicking a VCE Performance Exam).
In the second term they study the connection between the
media and the audience, learning about reception theory
and producing their own YouTube style Reaction Videos.

Assessment
n Drama Folio

n Ensemble Performance

n React Folio

n Reaction Video

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YEAR 9 (TERM DURATION)                                                    Assessment
                                                                          n Drama Folio
Epic Theatre (Run Twice)
                                                                          n Ensemble Performance
Students will further develop skills in Non-Naturalism and
work as an ensemble to research and create a performance                    (Under performance exam conditions)
inspired by Bertolt Brecht’s Epic Theatre. They work off a
selected stimulus and document the play-making process
through their Epic Theatre Folios.

Theatre of Cruelty
Theatre of Cruelty pushes Non-Naturalism even further,
incorporating production areas (sound, lighting, costume,
make) into the story-telling. Students create a performance

                                                                             “
which explore themes over plot and character and document
the play-making process through their Drama Folios.

Poor Theatre
Building upon our Year 8 focus on Non-Naturalism, Poor
Theatre asks how can we present larger than life ideas with
limited resources? With a strong focus on Transformation
                                                                          This environment will be
of Space and Object, students will use every-day materials                responsive and creative,
to tell an epic story.
                                                                          where knowledge and
Filmmaking 101                                                            understanding lead to
Students will participate in the production process and learn
about the roles involved in filmmaking. They will explore
                                                                          creativity, cooperation,
production elements such as camera techniques, sound,                     work, connectedness to
editing and lighting in their own films. They will examine the
use of production elements in film to build narrative and                 the world and adaptability.
communicate ideas.

Thrillers
Students will study film noir, mystery and horror and create
their own short thriller films in teams. We will look at the films
of Alfred Hitchcock as well as other classics of the genre.
Students will examine how suspense is built in film using
production elements such as camera techniques, lighting,
sound and editing. Students will learn media production
skills and also explore film analysis. Note: this subject is
enhanced if you have done ‘Filmmaking 101’ beforehand.

Sci-Fi
Students explore the key ideas behind the Sci-Fi genre in
film, including questions of existence, future technologies,
dystopia, alien life and social/context. The focus for this
elective is on use of Sci-Fi special effects such as green
screen and other editing tricks. Students also explore more
aspects of narrative structure in film than in the other Media
electives. Note: this subject is enhanced if you have done

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